In the Vineyard

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Part 5: In the Vineyards: The Big Storm

Alfrieda and Niklaas Hanse, supervisors at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm, have started the first day of harvest. Follow the 'big storm'.

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Part 4: In the Vineyards: 42°C

Meet Alfrieda and Niklaas Hanse, supervisors at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm, and find out more about the preparations for harvest.

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Part 3: In the Spier Vineyards: "It all depends on this"

Meet Niklaas Hanse, a supervisor at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm.

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Winemaking Philosophy

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Since he joined us in 1996, Cellar Master Frans Smit has harnessed more than three centuries of winemaking history to transform Spier from a small cellar into a major, award-winning Stellenbosch producer. He and his team are passionate about crafting, with minimal interference, wines that are truly expressive of their terroir.

Awards

SPIER WINES DAZZLE VERITAS JUDGES

SPIER WINES DAZZLE VERITAS JUDGES

At the 2020 Veritas Wine Awards on Saturday 14 November 2020, three Spier wines received Double Golds: Creative Block 5 2010, and the 2014 and 2019 vintages of 21 Gables Chenin Blanc.

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Platter’s awards five stars to three Spier wines

PLATTER’S AWARDS FIVE STARS TO THREE SPIER WINES

The 2021 edition of Platter’s, the authoritative guide to South African wine, has awarded three Spier wines five stars: the Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2019, the Spier Frans K. Smit Red 2015 and the Cape Winemakers Guild - Spier Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2017.

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Spier Canned Wines crowned Gold at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards

SPIER CANNED WINES CROWNED GOLD AT MICHELANGELO INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS AWARDS

Among the eight Spier wines awarded Gold by the prestigious Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards are two of its newly launched canned wines: Spier Canned Sauvignon Blanc 2020 and Spier Canned Rose 2020 (the Spier Canned Merlot 2018 received Silver).

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Accreditations

Accreditations and accolades:

Sustainability is woven through every aspect of our business. On our organically-certified farm, free-roaming livestock and chickens are reared in pastures without the use of antibiotics or hormones, while fruit and vegetables are grown without artificial fertiliser or pesticides. Extensive tracts of alien vegetation have been removed, and more than a million indigenous plants replanted. 100% of black- and grey-water and more than 98% of solid waste is recycled. Our water conservation and boosting of biodiversity saw Spier recognised as one of the WWF Conservation Champions.

Spier has also been recognised by various other external organisations – including Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA), and is a member of the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Associations (WIETA), promoting and adhering to an ethical code of conduct to transform the agricultural sector. The Spier winery is FSSC 22000 and organically-certified, and in 2019 became the first winery in the world to receive Control Union Vegan Standard certification by the accredited certifying body Control Union. Both the cellar and the farm follow the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.